Posted: May 27, 2013 10:12 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: May 27, 2013 10:13 AM
BOZEMAN - One of the floats in today's Memorial Day Parade in Bozeman will feature quilts. It may sound a bit out of place for a parade honoring those who sacrificed so much, but these Quilts of Valor are helping thank veterans across the world.
The Quilts of Valor are a labor of love for Shiela Gaub. She started the Montana chapter of Quilts of Valor five years ago.
"It's just a small way of saying 'thank you' to all of our vets," she said.
Hundreds of volunteers across Montana make the quilts, many with handwritten messages.
"Sure wish you the best. Thanks so much," Gaub read from one of the quilts. "And that's from one of the vets, Larry Singer."
They're distributed to vets in Montana and to a military hospital in Germany.
"Our hope is that they just receive some comfort from that quilt knowing that somebody is thinking about them," she said.
Gaub and her husband put a lot of their own money into get the project off the ground. Now, they rely on discounts for materials and cash donations to keep them going.
Gaub's husband is a veteran and the couple has two sons in active duty. That's part of the reason Gaub continues to put her heart and soul into the quilts and shows no signs of slowing down.
"As long as we have combat vets out there that need a thank you, we will continue doing it," Gaub said.
The quilts will be displayed on the back of a flatbed truck for today's Memorial Day Parade in Bozeman.